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Thinking Out Loud

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On Blogging

ome days it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. It’s rainy, drizzling and just crappy outside, there’s nothing worth watching on TV, I’ve become bored with the Benjamin Franklin biography I’m currently reading .... but the blog awaits. Like a hungry beast, sitting there in my study, waiting for its daily feeding. It is a voracious beast and there is always plenty of food for it with the world seemingly headed off a cliff in a broken down buggy with the wheels falling off. Hmmm, now that was an ugly metaphor. Let’s try this again. Why blog? Because it’s there? Not good enough. There must be a good reason or all this silliness is pointless. In the last year of blogging, I’ve seen visitors and readers come and go. I’ve seen blog sites startup and disappear. Is there a method to this madness? Who knows?

■ Every dog must have a bone and every blog must have a theme. Ours is simple and we chew on it regularly. As most of you know this blog mainly attracts conservative readers but there are exceptions (OldCatMan, you may stand up and take a bow). I like to think this blog’s main theme is plain old common sense and the ability to know when someone’s pissing on our leg and trying to tell us it’s raining. That dog won’t hunt.

■ You may have noticed that Vilmar and I have quite different styles (gee, ya think?). Vilmar wakes up in a rage every morning after listening to NPR and vents steam at the idiotarians in full invective. It’s your early morning wake-up call and usually generates hours of discussion every morning. It’s timely and right on target. Vilmar puts a lot of thought into his rants and shows no mercy when his bullshit detector is triggered. I usually wait until the early afternoon or lunch hour to give me time to absorb all the late-breaking news and put it all together into a composite picture of what’s going on with my fellow prisoners on Planet Earth. Either way, we provide links to our sources and give you the benefit of our opinion. Then we leave it up to you to chew on it among yourselves, occasionally stirring the pot to spice things up. We feel that in doing things this way we perform a service that is more than just reporting news or throwing baseless opinions out there in order to stroke our egos. We’re both too old and too cranky to have egos anymore. By creating interest in the day’s events and initiating dialogue among a variety of people and viewpoints we have done our self-assigned task to promote healthy ideas and meaningful communication.

■ Of course, there are occasional readers and visitors who can best be classified as “snarky pissants”. These people find fault and make accusations purely for the sake of proving they have the ability to communicate without ever using their brain. These people annoy me and Vilmar but they are tolerated until they start making personal attacks. Then their presence is no longer tolerated. One such “snarkly pissant” is probably out there now, reading this. You know who you are. Get with the program or get thee hence.

■ Then there are the pure asshats who come here just to stir up trouble, like the Euro-Peons who decided to give us a hard time last spring. A couple of shitheads from the UK and Ireland who just couldn’t take a hint and harassed us for months before I finally had enough. These shit-fer-brains usually start out stabbing and poking and we tolerate them and sometimes play their little game for a while. The trouble usually starts when they realize we’re not an easy target and then they get nasty. That’s where IP banning comes in. You can’t harass us if you can’t get to the blog. End of story.

■ The content of this blog is purely mine and Vilmar’s responsibility. We accept images, stories, editorials, links, etc. from all of our members and occasionally, if the submission meets our otherwise high standards of journalism (?), we post it under the name of the person who submitted it. We welcome all kinds of stuff from our readers and members. If we don’t post it right away or never post it, it’s because we are already full of content .. nothing personal. If we do post it under your name, be prepared to discuss it. Our membership is a pretty tough lot and won’t tolerate bullshit.

■ When the weekend comes, we all like to kick back and relax around the old blog. There is very little news going on and most people have better things to do, including Vilmar and myself. That is why we post fun stuff on the weekends like the “Weekend Skin” feature for the guys and weird cartoons and just whatever strikes Vilmar or myself at the moment. Most of the weekend stuff is not meant to be taken seriously. It is meant to be offered as a break and a chance to laugh and indulge ourselves for a few days. What the hell else are weekends for?

■ I hate begging for money to support this site. More than you can ever know. Our readers have all been wonderful in helping us to keep going. I can not put into words the gratitude I feel toward all of you. If I could I would personally thank everyone who donated recently individually. Unfortunately, only PayPal gives me the identity of donors. Amazon just gives me a transaction number. Which sucks. Anyway, I want to personally thank all of you again. You know who you are. Hopefully, with the new advertising packages we’ve setup, we won’t have to bother you ever again. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a few million our way if you happen to win the lottery. Anyway, thanks again!

■ Finally, I want to thank Vilmar for coming up with the idea to start a blog (even though he didn’t have a clue what a blog was - hah!). He has been a blogging machine for over a year now and I have a hard time keeping up with him at times. Of course, that’s probably because I have to work for a living and he works as a “retired”. Vilmar, did I pronounce that last word correctly? Hehehe ..

“And that’s all I got to say about that.”
-- Forrest Gump


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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
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